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  • Monthly Archives: March 2011

    Lunch with Heritage : Online Chat on Libya

    We are joined by Heritage’s Middle Eastern Affairs expert Jim Phillips. Jim will be taking your questions about what we should be doing in Libya and what we should not be doing. There has been a lot said about the current situation in Libya and Heritage has written extensively about … More

    Marriage in Middle America: Fair to Middling—and Struggling

    A recent New York Times article points out that divorce rates—once highest in metropolitan, big city areas—are now creeping upward in Middle America: Forty years ago, divorced people were more concentrated in cities and suburbs. But geographic distinctions have all but vanished, and now, for the first time, rural Americans … More

    White House Backs Big Labor in Fight Over FAA Reauthorization Bill

    President Barack Obama Oil Spill Press Conference

    A year ago, a board of three unelected bureaucrats reversed 75 years of precedent when it decided airlines and railroads can unionize with the support of just a majority of voting workers rather than a majority of all workers. Today, the House of Representatives takes up a bill that would … More

    The Government Union Right to Viagra is Bankrupting You

    According to the liberal version of events, the ongoing fight in Wisconsin between Gov. Scott Walker (R) and government unions centered on the unions’ “right” to collective bargain for wages and benefits. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, there simply is no “right” to collective bargaining. And … More

    Guest Blog: Rep. Todd Akin on Budgeting for the Common Defense

    Next week, the House Budget Committee will consider the fiscal year 2012 budget resolution in what is expected to be a marathon committee markup.  The committee faces a dire budget reality; with entitlement spending that is absorbing essentially all of our federal income, while non-security discretionary spending is dramatically increasing. … More

    Quit Repeating Nonsensical Oil Statistics!

    “I give out this statistic all the time, and forgive me for repeating it again: America holds about 2 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves.” – President Barack Obama, March 30, 2011 It would be easier to forgive the President’s repetition if it the way he used it made … More

    Two Promising Starts towards Ending Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

    After more than a year of delay, the House Financial Services Committee is finally starting work on legislation that will hopefully end Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two housing finance giants that helped to make the housing crisis worse. Both essentially failed in September 2008 and have been in … More

    Tsunamis: Another Perspective on the Economic Impact of Carbon Restrictions

    All the world mourned the human toll taken by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Thousands of lives were lost; hundreds of thousands more shattered. Of course, natural disasters inflict economic destruction as well, and estimates of the recent disasters’ cost to Japan are now coming in. Catastrophe modeler Risk Management … More

    Morning Bell: An Opportunity to Throw Kids A Lifeline

    In the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, children suffer in a public education system rife with violence and ranked among the worst in the nation. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives took action to give those students some hope when it voted to reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (D.C. … More

    Latin America's Friends of Tyranny Club

    Libya’s seat at the United Nations is currently vacant. Weeks ago, Muammar Qadhafi fired his U.N. ambassador Mohammed Shalgham after the ambassador denounced the Libyan strongman as a tyrant. In his stead, Qadhafi named another veteran and loyal diplomat, Ali Treki. The U.S. has apparently denied Treki a visa to … More